Friday, November 16

Trophee Eric Bompard - Pairs Short Program

Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia skated a clean, traditional program to The Blue Danube and earned 66.78 points to take first place in the short at Trophee Eric Bompard. This was one of the more solid skates I have seen from them, but I wish they would drop the mazurka hops that they do on the run-out of their side-by-side jumps. It kills the flow of the element.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada are in second. Although Duhamel fell on the side-by-side triple Lutz jump, the pair has packed a ton of difficult, unique transitions into the program and their technical score, even with the fall, was just a half-point lower than the Russians.

Both the Russians and Canadians will qualify to the Grand Prix Final with top two finishes here.

The new Chinese pair of Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang are in third, while previous Grand Prix series bronze-medal winners Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy, and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia, are fourth and fifth heading into the free skate.

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